Pam Dukes, who has been executive director of Senior Resources since 2013, has announced her retirement. In the interest of fostering a smooth transition, she plans to retire once her successor has been named.
“It has been my honor and my privilege to serve the seniors of our community. I have enjoyed my time at Senior Resources, and I didn't make this decision lightly,” Dukes said. “My decision was made primarily because of the recent birth of my first grandchild. I want to spend as much time as possible with her while she's young.”
Dukes is a native of Smyrna, Georgia, but has lived in South Carolina for more than 30 years. She has an MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governor’s University, and a B.S. in Medical Technology from Georgia State University. Prior to coming to Senior Resources, she served 28 years at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and most recently held the position of Deputy Director of Health Regulation.
During her time at Senior Resources, the agency doubled the numbers of meals delivered each day through the Meals on Wheels program. Dukes also led efforts to rebrand the agency, establish a Senior Care Pantry in the wake of the 2015 floods, launch the Senior Wheels transportation program, build a new Meals on Wheels center, and launch a food truck to support the agency’s mission.
“Pam has built a strong staff, and has overseen tremendous growth in all programs of the agency,” said Todd Timmons, president of the Board of Directors for Senior Resources. “Additionally, she has increased the visibility of the agency, and been a strong advocate for the needs of the senior population in the Midlands. We will miss her leadership and passion.”
The board of directors is seeking applicants for the Executive Director position. Interested candidates can read a full job description and application instructions. at www.seniorresourcesinc.org/careers/.
About Senior Resources, Inc.
Senior Resources is a non-profit organization that coordinates services, provides resources and encourages the personal choices that allow Columbia's senior citizens to remain independent. All activities, services and programs of the agency are geared toward promoting independent living, with the goal of helping seniors remain in their homes as long as possible through the support of staff and volunteers, and delaying or preventing the need for institutionalized care.
Since 1967, Senior Resources has served Columbia's frail and elderly residents in three areas:
1) In-home services, including Meals on Wheels, home care, respite care, senior companion services, and case management;
2) Community-based services, including congregate meals, wellness centers, transportation, and physical fitness;
3) Volunteer services, including the Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent programs.
With local, state and federal government funding, as well as contributions from United Way, personal donations and fundraising activities, Senior Resources offers a variety of programs so that our clients can select the assistance they need to maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle.